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BOARDMAN, Ohio - The pumpkins are carved.  The costumes are picked out and the candy, well, it's just waiting to be eaten. 

Four-percent of all candy consumed in this country occurs on Halloween and just because you have diabetes doesn't mean you can't indulge.

"Children with diabetes can definitely have every food that a child without diabetes can have," said Dianne Weisner with Akron Children's Hospital Mahoning Valley.

Although, according to Weisner it will require a little more planning.

"Every child has a diabetes management plan and it includes their meal plan.  So, they each, depending on their age and their size, they have carbohyrdate amounts  for each meal and for snacks.  So, the halloween candy needs to be incorporated into that," said Weisner.

And that is so children can determine how much insulin they will need.

"The definitely need to have insulin for any extra carbohydrates and sugars that they have.  So, if they did not take the extra insulin then they would see the side effects of higher blood sugars, which just starts a cascade of complications for them," said Weisner.

A spooky reality, that many would rather avoid. 

To help keep blood sugars in check, Weisner recommends enjoying a few pieces of candy, then donating the rest or saving some fast acting carbohydrates, like Pixy Stix, for low blood sugar treatments.

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